elderflower & mint cordial - perfect for summer days
In between the hot raining days and bright sunshine that we are experiencing at the moment here in the Limousin I decided to spend some much needed time just pottering about in the kitchen. The garden and the countryside has just exploded recently - something to do with the hot raining days and sunshine I think! There are flowers and fruits ripening all over the place. One of my favourite flavours is elderflower - perfumed and delicately floral. This elderflower and mint cordial is adapted from this one by River Cottage.
Great simply diluted with sparkling or still water, or added to ice tea...and a splash is really rather good in a vodka and tonic too. Perfect for Summer days and relaxing in the garden.
25 flowering elderflower heads
zest & juice of 3 lemons
handful of fresh mint
1.5 litre boiled water
1 kg sugar (or less to taste)
1 tsp citric acid (optional)
preparation time: 30 minutes & overnight infusing
cooking time: 5 minutes
- pick your elderflower heads and check for any bugs and insects
- put in a large bowl with lemon zest, mint and 1.5 litre boiled water.
- cover and leave to steep overnight.
- the next day drain through a muslin jelly bag (I used a clean coffee filter which worked fine too)
- add the sugar (and citric acid if using)and juice of the lemons to the drained liquid.
- bring to the boil and simmer for couple of minutes
- decant into sterilised bottles and seal. When cool store in the fridge. Enjoy!
Next time I think I'll give the elderflower champagne a go :-)
Do get in touch and let us know how you get on or any of your favourite Summer recipes...